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Peter Schrag
"Bashing Immigrants: From Ben Franklin to Rush Limbaugh"

Americans call themselves a nation of immigrants, but ever since colonial days, immigration and resistance to immigration have been wound together as tightly as a double helix. What’s currently being said about Latinos was said a century ago about Italians, Slavs, Greeks, Jews, Armenians, Turks and Asians and before that about the Germans and the Irish. What’s different now is that, in a globalized world, attempts to “seal” the borders lead almost inevitably to unintended consequences: increasing numbers of permanent illegal aliens, outsourcing of industries and jobs, exploitation of workers and, as with Arizona’s SB1070, foreign policy problems. What’s needed to address both illegal immigration and a host of related issues is a very different, multinational approach.

Peter Schrag, who served for 19 years as editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, is a lifelong journalist. He has also taught journalism, public policy and government at UC Berkeley and written several books, including Not Fit for our Society: Immigration and Nativism in America, which was published in May 2010.

Monday, August 30, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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Ivonne del Valle
“Pantitlan: Indigenous Water Knowledge for Contemporary Mexico City”

The conquest of Mexico-Tenochtitlan in the early 16th century brought about changes that radically altered the city’s semi-aquatic environment. This talk will explore the ways in which indigenous knowledge of water management and control was used and archived after the epistemological break produced by Spanish colonization. Pantitlan, a natural drain in the middle of Lake Texcoco that acquired mythical status when water problems became too pressing to be ignored, serves as a metaphor for the Spanish authorities’ engagement with indigenous technologies.

Ivonne del Valle is an assistant professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She is currently researching the political, social and environmental implications of the drainage of Mexico City’s lakes from colonial times to the present.

Monday, September 13, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

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Brian DeLay
"How Indians Shaped the U.S.–Mexican War"

For more than 150 years, historians have crafted narratives of the U.S.–Mexican War with virtually no conceptual space for the stateless peoples who actually controlled the territory that the two countries came to blows over. This talk will explore the manifold ways in which Indian peoples and their politics shaped the course and outcome of 19th-century North America’s defining international conflict.

Brian DeLay is a professor of History at UC Berkeley. He is the author of War of a Thousand Deserts: Indian Raids and the U.S.–Mexican War, winner of several prizes including the Latin American Studies Association’s 2010 Bryce Wood Award for the outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.

Monday, September 20, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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Film screening:
"Inside Job"
Directed by Charles Ferguson (United States, 2010)

In this investigation into the causes of the 2008 global financial crisis, Oscar-nominated director Charles Ferguson delves into the culture of the American banking industry in a series of interviews with key insiders ranging from hedge fund managers to Justice Department officials to a Wall Street madam. What he finds is a “criminal industry” that “has corrupted the institutions and people who should have restrained it.” Wall Street, he argues in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, “has selected for progressively less ethical people.” His film shows the disastrous result in chilling detail. 120 minutes. English.

“‘Inside Job’ deserves to be considered an authoritative primer on the financial collapse…” — Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Free tickets will be available at the Pacific Film Archive Theater starting on the day of the show at 6:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis.

The film will be followed by a question and answer session with Charles Ferguson.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Responsible Business.

Monday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco

The world is on the move. As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the lives of millions of people are being shaped by the experience of migration. Every continent has been touched by this massive movement of people: as an area of immigration, emigration or as a transit area — and often as all three at once. This lecture starts with an analysis of the most current data on global migration and then proceeds, via Lacan, to a Tolstoyesque reflection on why, when it comes to immigration, all the families of the advanced, post-industrial world are unhappy in the same way.

Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. The author of the award-winning 2008 book Learning a New Land: Immigrant Students in American Society, his recent research focuses on the confluence of education and globalization.

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Co-sponsored with the Center for a Public Anthropology.

Friday September 24, 5:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Gifford Room, 221 Kroeber Hall

Daniel Cohn-Bendit
"Green Perspectives in Europe: Implications for the Americas"

As a leader of the European Parliament’s green coalition, Europe Écologie, Daniel Cohn-Bendit has effectively channeled public concern for the environment, gaining the coalition unexpected support in the last elections. “We have a project for Europe,” Cohn-Bendit told The New York Times in 2009, “an idea — the ecological transformation of our way of production and way of life.” The Franco-German leader is no newcomer to transformative ideas: he initially rose to prominence during the 1968 student uprisings in Paris. In the intervening years, Mr. Cohn-Bendit joined the German Green Party, wrote extensively about his experiences in the student protests and counterculture and served as deputy mayor of Frankfurt before being elected to the European parliament.

Daniel Cohn-Bendit is Co-President of the European parliamentary group Greens/European Free Alliance, which is made up of Greens and representatives of stateless nations and disadvantaged minorities.

Questions? You can submit a question for Mr. Cohn-Bendit. Please keep questions brief and to a single topic, and email them to clas@berkeley.edu. Selected questions will be posed after his talk.

Article on the European Greens from The New York Times (.pdf)

Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

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Cine Latino

“The Two Escobars”
by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, 2010

In the 1980s and 90s, the Colombian national soccer team enjoyed an unprecedented rise to glory after decades of obscurity. Central to the team’s success were two men named Escobar: Andrés, the captain of the National Team, and Pablo, the infamous drug baron who pioneered the phenomenon known as “narco-soccer.” 100 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.

“The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime and politics.” — David Ansen, Los Angeles Film Festival

The film will be followed by a question and answer session with Jeff Zimbalist.

Monday, October 11, 7:00 pm
159 Mulford Hall

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by Pedro González Rubio (Mexico, 2009)

About to leave Mexico with his Italian mother, five-year-old Natan takes a trip to the sea with his Mayan father. At first, the boy is tentative in his new surroundings, but as father and son bond, Natan learns about family and coastal traditions.  73 minutes.  Italian and Spanish with English subtitles.

“[‘Alamar’] provides a breathtaking sense of place, chronicles in intimate detail a way of life, and touches us with a relationship that develops naturally, right before our eyes.” —David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 pm
2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

Roberto Patiño
“The Student Movement and the Struggle for Democracy in Venezuela”

The 2006 closing of Radio Caracas Televisión by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez catalyzed Roberto Patiño’s involvement in student politics. Since then, he has worked to effectively channel students’ frustrations with the Chávez government into a struggle for greater democratic opening in Venezuela. Despite threats of violence from Chávez supporters, the students continue to focus on the peaceful promotion of democracy by training observers to monitor elections and encouraging young people to register to vote.

Roberto Patiño is a leader of Venezuela’s student democracy movement. In April 2010, he received the International Democracy Award on behalf of Venezuela’s student movement leaders at the Sixth Assembly of the World Movement for Democracy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Co-sponsored by Stanford in Government.

Monday, October 18, 4:00 pm
575 McCone Hall

Film Screening
“The Storm That Swept Mexico”
Directed by Ray Telles (2010)

Eleven years in the making, “The Storm That Swept Mexico” tells the story of the Mexican Revolution, the first major political and social revolution of the 20th century. The Revolution not only changed the course of Mexican history, transforming economic and political power within the nation, but also profoundly impacted the relationships among Mexico, the U.S. and key European countries — while the implications of the Revolution rippled across Latin America. Using rare contemporary footage, this film combines interviews with participants, scholars and writers to chronicle Mexico’s revolutionary years and their legacy, both at home and abroad. English. 120 minutes.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Free tickets will be available at the door on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm
Wheeler Auditorium

1810 ~ 1910 ~2010: Mexico's Unfinished Revolutions

The wars of 1810 and 1910 left an undeniable imprint on Mexican culture. Both led to the enactment of new policies and the raising of new questions about Mexican identity — some of which still await resolution. This conference will address the theme of social justice and also examine the problematic relationships that continue to define Mexico: between church and state, among members of the country’s myriad ethnic groups and between genders.

The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition “Celebrating Mexico” on view at the Bancroft Library through January 14, 2011. The exhibit showcases the library’s rich collection of Mexican materials and provides an opportunity to examine these two transformative periods in Mexican history.

Conference Schedule

Friday-Saturday, October 22-23
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

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Laura Enríquez
“Reactions to the Market: Small Farmers in Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia and China”

The year 1990 marked a turning point for both Nicaragua and Cuba, after which each pursued a distinct pathway toward the market. Russia also initiated its opening to the market at that time, while China began the process earlier. This talk is organized around a double comparison: of Nicaragua’s rapid retreat from socialism with Cuba’s reconfiguration of socialism; and Russia’s rapid retreat from socialism with China’s reconfiguration of socialism. These dynamics are examined through the lens of agricultural policy and its consequences.

Laura Enríquez is a professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. She has conducted and published research on rural Latin America for almost three decades.

Monday, October 25, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
575 McCone Hall

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William Hernández
“Facing Down Discrimination in El Salvador”

The gay community in El Salvador faces both discrimination and the threat of violence. In the past few years, more than 25 people have been murdered because of their sexual orientation. William Hernández, who has himself been a target of abuse, will describe the challenges facing the LGBT community in El Salvador and seek support and cooperation as he endeavors to establish his country’s first free legal clinic to serve the gay community and people living with HIV/AIDS.

William Hernández is the co-founder and executive director of the Asociación Entre Amigos, a Salvadoran nonprofit that works to defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. He has been recognized by Amnesty International for his efforts to end discrimination and persecution in El Salvador.

Please note: this event will be in Spanish with English translation.

Monday, October 25, 3:00 – 4:15 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

Cine Latino

Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero
by Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber (United States, 2010)

Elevated to the archbishopric in part because of his reputation as a modest and moderate priest, Óscar Romero evolved into an outspoken critic of El Salvador’s violent military regime. “Monseñor” documents the events that led up to the archbishop’s 1980 assassination and the country’s subsequent devolution into civil war. 87 minutes. English and Spanish with English subtitles.
“An astonishing compilation of footage from the last three years of Romero’s life.”         —Alma Guillermoprieto, New York Review of Books

Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building

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Paz Gutierrez
“Resourcing: The New Architecture”

Global interdependence, recurring financial crises and pressing environmental concerns demand that we as architects rethink our position toward resources. Sustainable architecture requires that complex solutions be built upon resource inventiveness. Accelerating the pace of innovation is especially important in regions experiencing extreme economic and environmental pressures. These challenges will be discussed through the work of BIOMS, a research initiative founded by Prof. Gutierrez that promotes innovation in sustainable building technologies for developing regions by fostering collaboration between architecture and sciences such as bioengineering.

Paz Gutierrez is a Chilean-born architect and researcher. An assistant professor of Design and Building Technology in UC Berkeley’s Department of Architecture, she is also the founder of the BIOMS research group.

Monday, November 8, 12:00 – 1:15 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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Cine Latino

Waste Land
Directed by Lucy Walker (United Kingdom, 2010)

Artist Vik Muniz collaborates with the trash pickers of Rio’s Jardim Gramacho — the world’s largest dump — using garbage as a medium to create portraits that reveal both their dignity and despair. 95 minutes. English and Portuguese with English subtitles.

“Easily as concerned with social and environmental issues as it is with the fine-art career that sets it in motion, the movie never focuses on big issues at the expense of the individuals it encounters.” —The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, November 10, 7:00 pm
101 Moffitt Library

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Ingrid Arnesen
"Haiti 2010: A Year of Calamities"

Journalist Ingrid Arnesen will offer a look at Haiti's current traumas and its prospects for the future in the context of the country's experiences since the end of the Duvalier regime over two decades ago.

Ingrid Arnesen is an award winning international journalist. She has covered Haiti for over twenty years for CBS, ABC, and CNN among others. She has received the Alfred I. Dupont Gold Award for her reporting in Haiti in 1994 as well as the Edward Murrow Award, the Overseas Press Award, and a Peabody for her work on Al Qaeda and Afghanistan. She produced the Tsunami/Sri Lanka, 2005-an award winning Special Report with Christiane Amanpour. She has been in Haiti since the earthquake and her articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Thursday, November 18, 4:00pm
575 McCone Hall

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Ricardo Peixoto
"Infinite Rhythm: An Overview of the Roots and Offshoots of Brazilian Music"

Ricardo Peixoto will demonstrate, in conversation and in performance, some of the ways that samba appears and reappears at different moments in Brazilian cultural history.

Raised on his native Brazilian music and trained in jazz at the Berklee College of Music, Ricardo Peixoto is a musician and composer.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Townsend Center for the Humanities.

Tuesday, November 23, 12:30 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall

William Beezley
"The Mexican Cultural Revolution: Vasconcelos, Indians, Anthropologists and Calendar Girls

José Vasconcelos, Mexico’s revolutionary minister of public education, was determined to create a new national identity in which the hybrid Spanish and indigenous biology and culture that had created what he called “the Cosmic Race” was valued. His educational missions, especially in the countryside, taught Spanish, literacy and music to the largely indigenous peoples. Many anthropologists opposed the policy, believing it destroyed indigenous cultures. In the end, his educational policies created a popular folklore that is still captured on widely-distributed calendars.

William Beezley is a professor of History at the University of Arizona with a focus on the revolutionary period and popular culture.

Tuesday, November 30, 4:00 pm
554 Barrows Hall

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Leah Anne Carroll
"Reform, Protest and Reaction in Colombia's Rural War Zones, 1984-2008"

Since 1984, Colombia has swung from broad reforms and peace overtures towards guerrillas to counter-reform, escalated armed conflict and massive U.S. military aid. These changes have been felt most intensely in rural war zones. Using archival sources and interviews with leftist and social movement activists, elected officials and elites, Carroll analyzes social movement/elite conflict in three war-torn regions producing bananas, coca and oil, explaining both shifting tactics over time and contrasting regional outcomes.

Leah Anne Carroll is an independent scholar with a doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley who works with the Office of Undergraduate Research at the university. Her book, Violent Democratization: Social Movements, Elites, and Politics in Colombia's Rural War Zones, 1984-2008 has just been published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Thursday, December 2, 12:00 pm
CLAS Conference Room, 2334 Bowditch Street

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Authors Discuss
The Future of Spanish-Language Writing

Carlos Labbé, Andrés Felipe Solano and Carlos Yushimito, recently named to Granta’s list of Best of Young Spanish-Language Novelists, read and discussed their work with moderator Daniel Alarcón.

Chilean Carlos Labbé's published works include three novels, most recently, Locuela, along with a hyper-text novel, a story collection and two music albums.

Andrés Felipe Solano, of Colombia, is author of the novel Sálvame, Joe Louis and was short-listed for the 2007 journalism prize awarded by Gabriel García Márquez’s Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano.

Carlos Yushimito, of Peru, is author of the story collection Las islas and the novel, Las criaturas aladas, which will be published next year. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies at Brown University.

Daniel Alarcón is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies and the author of Lost City Radio, winner of the 2009 International Literature Prize.

Co-sponsored with Granta, the Department of English and the Transnational American Studies Working Group.

Monday, December 6, 4:00 PM
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

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